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Krush Groove (1985)




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The rap music craze provides the subject and the soundtrack for this musical about a young record producer (Blair Underwood) trying to start his own recording label, called Krush Groove. Musicians Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, New Edition and Sheila E. co-star.

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Sheila E.
as Herself
Kurtis Blow
as Himself
Jason Mizell
as Jam Master Jay
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales
as Fat Boy Prince Markie D
Damon Wimbley
as Fat Boy Kool Rock Ski
Blair Underwood
as Russell Walker
Daniel Simmons
as Rev. Walker
Charles Stettler
as Terri Beiker
Michael Bivens
as New Edition
Ronald DeVoe
as New Edition
Mike D
as Beastie Boy
Adam Horowitz
as Beastie Boy
Adam Yauch
as Beastie Boy
Donnie Simpson
as Contest MC
Mr. Hyde
as Himself
Galaxy Craze
as Himself
as Himself
Michael Lewis
as Mandingo
Paul Anthony George
as Enforcer No. 2
Ricky Bell
as New Edition
Sweet G.
as Fever DJ
Ralph E. Tresvant
as New Edition
Mr. Magic
as Himself
LL Cool J
as Himself
Elaine Shapiro
as Mrs. Ekhardt
Karl Schroeder
as Car Wash Boss
as Enforcer No. 1
Bennie Reitveld
as Sheila's Friend
Haoui Montaug
as Danceteria DJ
Sunshine Wright
as Kurtis Blow's Girl
Sandra J. Wright
as Kurtis Blow's Girl
Raymond White
as Hollis Crew Member #5
Benny Rietveld
as Sheila's Friend
Julian Jackson
as Man in Bar
Jeffrey Fludd
as Hollis Crew
Douglas Hayes
as Hollis Crew
Danny Hayton
as Hollis Crew
Ernest Mobily
as Hollis Crew
Terry Williams
as Hollis Crew
Bobby Brown
as New Edition
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Critic Reviews for Krush Groove

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Stick with the soundtrack.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rap music is infinitely more original than these creaky devices, and it deserves something better.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Not much acting is on display, the dialog is simplistic, the story is superficial, and the direction is faceless, but true fans won't care. Others have been warned.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
TV Guide

Made in the mid-80s as a cash-in on the hip-hop explosion, the movie plays better now than it did then

Full Review… | June 29, 2004

Worth seeing for the music.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Krush Groove


I think God is testing you. Russell Simmons is the son of a preacher that dropped out of college his final year before graduating. He has since been working to make albums and start his own label, Def Jam. Meanwhile, as he struggles, he begins losing his artists to his competitors. Can Russell turn his luck around? "You never heard of us, The Disco Three?" Michael Schultz, director of The Last Dragon, Cooley High, Car Wash (1976), Disorderlies, Killers in the House, Tarzan in Manhattan, and Greased Lightening, delivers Krush Grove. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and unfolds well. The characters are dynamic and well written and the cast delivers better than average performances. The cast includes Blair Underwood, Run DMC, New Edition, Curtis Blow, and the Fast Boys. "We're the fat boys who like food." I came across this on HBOGO and knew I needed to see this all time classic. The movie isn't perfect but it does give an interesting glimpse back in a key time in the development of hip hop music as we know it. This was a very entertaining film and a great take on Russell Simmons. "A hit record is the worst thing that could have happened to us." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Bigger than Grease? Only time will tell.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

The birth of "hip-hop". Like watching old home movies and cringing over the outdated clothes and hair styles. Fun performaces from some of the original rap/hip-hop artisits, when the genre was still light hearted and enjoyable.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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